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Title:What Caused the First World War?: A dyadic approach to explaining the outbreak of the war in light of the rivalry between Austria-Hungary and Russia
Author(s):Muthukrishnan, Moksha
Contributor(s):Vasquez, John A.
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Abstract:This study analyzes the outbreak of the First World War in terms of the dyadic relationship between the two rival countries of Austria-Hungary and Russia. It poses the specific question: How did World War I come about, and why did these two countries declare war on each other in the first place? It also analyzes whether war, from this perspective, could have been avoided. The main thesis argues that while Austria-Hungary and Russia had a fluctuating relationship over a long-span of time, in the years leading up to the First World War, their rivalry and the outbreak of the war can be best explained through, not only their personal grievances, but their personal grievances coupled with whom they happened to align or misalign themselves with at the time. This, in turn, helps to understand that the war, in terms of this dyad, could have been avoided.
Issue Date:2015-07
Genre:Conference Paper / Presentation
Rights Information:Copyright 2015 Moksha Muthukrishnan.
Date Available in IDEALS:2015-07-23

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